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Duncan Grant At Charleston

Author : Christopher Mason
language : en
Release Date : 1996

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A seven page typescript explanation of the origins and making of the film ' Duncan Grant at Charleston'.

From Omega To Charleston

Author : Richard Shone
language : en
Release Date : 2018-02

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First published to accompany the exhibition From Omega to Charleston: The Art of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, 1910-1934, this fully illustrated publication explores the life and works of two of the most innovative and influential British artists of the twentieth century. With a substantial essay and catalogue entries by Richard Shone (author of Bloomsbury Portraits, 1993 and curator of The Art of Bloomsbury, Tate, 1999), the catalogue explores the unique creative relationship shared by Bell (1879-1961) and Grant (1885-1978). It traces their move from the early years flush with post-impressionist experimentation to their later work at Charleston, their shared Sussex home. Whether working in fine painting or decorative schemes, together they emerge as consistently radical practitioners at the very heart of their cultural milieu. Drawing from private collections and a substantial group of works from The Charleston Trust, the second half of the publication focusses exclusively on one of Bell and Grant's most spectacular joint commissions: The Famous Women Dinner Service. Begun in 1932 at the request of the art historian and director of the National Gallery Kenneth Clark and his wife Jane, its fifty plates were decorated with images of famous women through the ages, from Sappho to Greta Garbo. Considered lost for nearly forty years, and first publically exhibited at this exhibition, this set of plates forms an impressive testament to Bell and Grant's close working partnership. A significant essay by Hana leaper (Charleston scholar, Fellow of the Paul Mellon Centre, and Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University) is succeeded by closer scholarship dedicated to the individual plates and the women that inspired them. The catalogue also has introductions from both Frances Spalding (Biographer of Bell and Grant) and Darren Clarke (Rausing Head of Collections, Research and Exhibitions at the Charleston Trust).

Duncan Grant

Author : Frances Spalding
language : en
Publisher: Random House
Release Date : 2011-04-30

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The life of the painter and designer Duncan Grant spanned great changes in society and art, from Edwardian Britain to the 1970s, from Alma-Tadema to Gilbert and George. This authoritive biography combines an engrossing narrative with an invaluable assessment of Grant's individual achievement and his place within Bloomsbury and in the wider development of British art. 'Spalding's skill is to sketch out the intricate emotional web against the bright bold untouchable figure of the artist. . . Her achievement is to let that sense of a man living with his craft shine through on every page: the result is an exceptionally honest and warm portrait. ' Financial Times

The Angel Of Charleston

Author : Stewart MacKay
language : en
Publisher: British Library Board
Release Date : 2013

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Grace Higgens (1903-83) arrived at the Gordon Square house of Vanessa Bell--a member of the Bloomsbury Group and the sister of Virginia Woolf--in June 1920. Higgens remained with the family for fifty years as housemaid, nurse, cook, and, finally, housekeeper at Charleston, the country house in Sussex where the Bell family spent their holidays during the interwar period and later lived permanently until the 1970s. This book, the first to focus on the life of Higgens, is based on her diaries and correspondence. Dubbed the "Angel of Charleston" by Vanessa's son Quentin, Grace was high-spirited with a robust sense of fun; she read all she could and often sat for her painter employers, who much admired her looks. Her numerous diaries recount her years in Gordon Square, Charleston, and the south of France, painting a vivid--and intimate--picture of life with the Bells and the Bloomsbury Group. With great humor, Higgens describes the various denizens of Charleston, such as Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, E. M. Forster, and, of course, Virginia Woolf. There are moving entries about the death of Vanessa Bell in 1961 as well as Higgens's final years at Charleston looking after the elderly Duncan Grant. The Angel of Charleston describes a little-known side of the Bloomsbury world and illuminates a lost era.

Nurse Lugton S Curtain

Author : Virginia Woolf
language : en
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date : 2004

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As Nurse Lugton dozes, the animals on the patterned curtain she is sewing come alive.


Author : Quentin Bell
language : en
Publisher: White Lion Publishing
Release Date : 2018-09-06

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Set in the heart of the Sussex Downs, Charleston Farmhouse is the most important remaining example of Bloomsbury decorative style, created by the painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Quentin Bell, the younger son of Clive and Vanessa Bell, and his daughter Virghinia Nicholson, tell the story of this unique house, linking it with some of the leading cultural figures who were invited there, including Vanessa's sister Virginia Woolf, the writer Lytton Strachey, the economist Maynard Keynes and the art critic Roger Fry. The house and garden are portrayed through Alen MacWeeney's atmostpheric photographs; pictures from Vanessa Bell's family album convey the flavour of the household in its heyday.

Eminent Victorians

Author : Lytton Strachey
language : en
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date : 2003

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Eminent Victorians is a groundbreaking work of biography that raised the genre to the level of high art. It replaced reverence with skepticism and Strachey's wit, iconoclasm, and narrative skill liberated the biographical enterprise. His portraits of Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Arnold, and General Gordon changed perceptions of the Victorians for a generation. Lytton Strachey's biographical essays on four "eminent Victorians" dropped an explosive charge on Victorian England when the book was published in 1918. It ushered in the modern biography and raised the genre to the level of high literary art. Strachey approached his subjects with skepticism rather than reverence, and his iconoclastic wit and engaging narratives thrilled as well as shocked his contemporaries. Debunking Church, Public School and Empire, his portraits of Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Dr. Arnold of Rugby, and General Gordon of Khartoum changed perceptions of the Victorians for a generation. This edition is unique in being fully annotated and in drawing on the full range of Strachey's manuscript materials and literary remains.